At some point in our lives, we are all gripped with a crippling fear. Some will not admit it, but most people will. This crippling fear is that of failure. This fear is so appalling that it stops the majority of people from even taking the beginning step. They make comments like, 'What if I start a business and make a loss? What if I follow my passion of sports and fail? What if I up skill myself miss out when applying for the higher position that has come available in my company? What if I invest in myself now and don't reap instant financial rewards? What if we train our staff in a downturn and fail?'
It boggles me that so many out there will never take a step towards their dreams because they are too afraid. Afraid of something that has not happened yet. I will repeat that again. Something that has not happened yet.
What a scary and daunting thought. After all who wants to fail? No one wants to be associated with failure and unfortunately it is for that reason that many never capitalize on their talent and potential. They are so worried about failing.
Talk to anyone successful and they will tell you of all the times they have failed. They will tell you that for the success they have today; they have endured much more failures. They will share with you that the rewards of getting what they want far out weighs the failures they have faced.
Those winning the game of life are those who embrace failure as something that will remain constant through out their life. No matter how successful they are in what ever they do, they will have the failures to go alongside it. Their mental acceptance of failure as merely stumbling blocks is a reason for their immense success. I talk more about this in my book.
I want to leave you with what I once shared with a client of mine a few years ago. He had asked me, how was it that I turn every negative situation I am in into a success?
My reply was very simple and from the heart. I produce more failures at any one time than a hundred people put together. It seems that the harder I try, the more I fail. But whilst most people focus on the failure, I learn my biggest lessons from my failures. I operate smarter because of my failures, and I achieve bigger things because of my failures. Failure is one side of the coin, with which the other side (success) couldn't exist on its own.
With that, set out towards what you want to achieve. Expect mini-failures along the way, but always keep your eyes on the prize.
It is there waiting for you to claim it.